Yoga Therapy in Dublin and Online

Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a body-mind integrated approach that applies specific yoga practices, which have known benefits, in order to improve or alleviate physical and mental health conditions. It is based on both Yoga traditions and actual medical research, and aims to encourage self-care and promote overall well-being. Practices guided during the  session and given as home practice will be chosen based on the needs, conditions, interests, and priorities that the person identified in the session. These practices may include: breath-centred postures and/or movement, breathing, relaxation, meditation and/or lifestyle considerations

Yoga Therapy is for everyone, whether you are someone who is in a state of wellness, or someone with mild to chronic health ailments. The role of a yoga therapist is to provide you with the space and tools (individualised practices) that can assist you in your own self-care, healing process, and/or development, restoring balance and integrating the whole self. 

Oftentimes, people coming to Yoga Therapy would have already seen other professionals and explored different avenues with overall little improvement. Time and again, people praise the self-empowerment and self-efficacy of these therapeutic relationships.

How Yoga Therapy
can assist you

Yoga Therapy can assist in a wide range of ailments and diseases. These are some of the 117 health conditions helped by Yoga, that have been backed up by research. 

If you would like to know whether Yoga Therapy is right for you or how it can help you, get in touch.

What is the Difference Between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?

These are some of the considerations that set the practices of Yoga and Yoga Therapy apart: 

Yoga

is ‘generalised improvement in well-being’, that is, it aims to cultivate the body-mind, which has the potential for therapeutic effects. A yoga class most commonly may include some physical exercises, some breathing practices and some meditation. The relationship between the teacher and student is mostly unidirectional (show and tell), and the intention for the class is set by the teacher, who may or may not know much about the students’ needs and/or goals.

Yoga Therapy

 is ‘targeted improvement in well-being’, that is, it aims to integrate the body-mind based on the individual’s needs and goals, in order to promote wellness and/or help prevent or manage a health condition. A yoga therapy session may include physical exercises, breathing practices, meditation, visualisation, chanting, philosophy, lifestyle modifications and some basic Ayurveda (Indian medicine system). Limiting the numbers to one-to-one basis, or small groups with a common therapeutic aim, help build a relationship of trust and sharing that takes into consideration the complete state of the student’s health, from their physical conditioning, emotional state, energetic balance, attitude, dietary and behavioural patterns, and personal association to their relationships and their environment. The relationship between the teacher and student is bidirectional: the student is engaged in the creative process of their wellness programme, setting the intention for the practice, and motivated to be self-sufficient, that is, to take into their own hands their healing journey and continue to practise at home their individualised yoga programme.

Yoga Therapy with Menchu

Menchu provides personalised yoga therapy that reflects her training and experience, integrating the ancient and the modern ways of understanding human suffering and desire for growth.

The aim of Menchu, as yoga therapist, is to provide you with the space and tools, and to create individualised practices, that can assist you in your own self-care, healing process, and/or development, restoring balance and integrating the whole self.

Practice elements include breath centred postures and/or movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation. Practices guided in session and given as home practice will be chosen based on the needs, conditions, interests, and priorities that the person identified in the session.

How Does It Work?

Menchu will send a brief Health Information form to be completed and returned by email attachment at least 24 hours prior to the first session.

All sessions begin with a centring practice and check-in. The first session will be 90 minutes in order to discuss information provided in the Health form, and to gather additional information about how you stand, move, and breathe. A short initial practice will be developed and taught in the session. The practice will be drawn so you can use it to practise at home.

Follow up sessions are usually 60 minutes, but 90 minutes is available upon request. The frequency of sessions is determined by mutual agreement based on client preference. The content of sessions also varies according to needs identified on the day.

Please note that most classes are currently being taught online via Zoom, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One-on-One Yoga Therapy

Prior to the first appointment

You will be asked to complete and email back a brief Health Information form, which is confidential, at least 24 hours before the appointment.

Prior to the first appointment

You will be asked to complete and email back a brief Health Information form, which is confidential, at least 24 hours before the appointment.

Length of the sessions

The first session is 90 minutes in order to discuss information provided in the Health form, to determine your needs and goals, and to gather additional information about how you stand, move, and breathe. Follow-up sessions are 60 minutes long, although 90 minute sessions are available upon request. 

Frequency of the sessions

The frequency of sessions is determined by mutual agreement based on the client’s preference. 

During the appointment

All sessions begin with a centring practice and a check-in. After the initial discussion or touching base, Menchu will then work with you in designing a new preliminary plan of daily home practice if it is your first session, or re-design it if it is a follow-up session. The content of sessions varies according to the needs identified on the day. The practice is written down and drawn so you can take it with you at the end of the session. 

Practice elements may include breath-centred postures and/or movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation. You are free to continue with other forms of treatment as Yoga Therapy can be used alongside other therapy modalities very easily.

Location

The in-person appointments are held at my clinic in Santry (Dublin 9). 

Currently appointments are being delivered online via Zoom, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rates

Payment is due on the day either through bank transfer or PayPal. If you are a student or in financial hardship, Menchu is able to provide a discounted rate. The full rate is:

90 minute sessions are €90.
60 minute sessions are €65.
If you would like to know more about how Yoga Therapy can help you, get in touch.

Length of the sessions

The first session is 90 minutes in order to discuss information provided in the Health form, to determine your needs and goals, and to gather additional information about how you stand, move, and breathe. Follow-up sessions are 60 minutes long, although 90 minute sessions are available upon request. 

Frequency of the sessions

The frequency of sessions is determined by mutual agreement based on the client’s preference. 

During the appointment

All sessions begin with a centring practice and a check-in. After the initial discussion or touching base, Menchu will then work with you in designing a new preliminary plan of daily home practice if it is your first session, or re-design it if it is a follow-up session. The content of sessions varies according to the needs identified on the day. The practice is written down and drawn so you can take it with you at the end of the session. 

Practice elements may include breath-centred postures and/or movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation. You are free to continue with other forms of treatment as Yoga Therapy can be used alongside other therapy modalities very easily.

Location

The in-person appointments are held at my clinic in Santry (Dublin 9). 

Currently appointments are being delivered online via Zoom, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rates

Payment is due on the day either through bank transfer or PayPal. If you are a student or in financial hardship, Menchu is able to provide a discounted rate. The full rate is:

90 minute sessions are €90.
60 minute sessions are €65.
If you would like to know more about how Yoga Therapy can help you, get in touch.

Group Yoga Therapy

Group Yoga Therapy courses are designed for small groups of individuals sharing a common medical condition based on yoga practices and scientific research.  They can be organised for communities, charities or hospitals, online or in person.

If you would like to find out more or arrange a course, get in touch

Prior to the start of the course

A small group of up to 8 people with a common physical or mental condition will need to have been signed up for the course. Each one of the participants will need to complete and return a brief Health Information form at least a week prior to the start of the course. The information in these forms is confidential, and will be used to design the Yoga Therapy course that caters specifically for the signed-up individuals. 

During the course

During the course, the participants are shown breath-centred postures and/or movement, breathing, relaxation and/or meditation techniques known to help with the condition. In between sessions, students are provided with a short practice (homework), which they are encouraged to do at home. 

Length and frequency of the course and classes

A typical course would consist of eight weekly group sessions, each with a duration of 1 to 1½ hours. However length and duration can be tailored for the needs of the individuals.

Location

On premises or at an agreed location. 

Courses are currently being delivered online via Zoom, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to the start of the course

A small group of up to 8 people with a common physical or mental condition will need to have been signed up for the course. Each one of the participants will need to complete and return a brief Health Information form at least a week prior to the start of the course. The information in these forms is confidential, and will be used to design the Yoga Therapy course that caters specifically for the signed-up individuals. 

During the course

During the course, the participants are shown breath-centred postures and/or movement, breathing, relaxation and/or meditation techniques known to help with the condition. In between sessions, students are provided with a short practice (homework), which they are encouraged to do at home. 

Length and frequency of the course and classes

A typical course would consist of eight weekly group sessions, each with a duration of 1 to 1½ hours. However length and duration can be tailored for the needs of the individuals.

Location

On premises or at an agreed location. 

Courses are currently being delivered online via Zoom, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research

If you are researching or would like to research the benefits of Yoga Therapy for a particular medical condition, then get in touch. Menchu can help you design a group Yoga Therapy course to meet your needs. 

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